As previously reported, The Crown Grill in Saratoga Springs is on the market to allow co-owners Christel and Colin MacLean to spend more time on Saratoga Juice Bar and the rapidly growing wholesale side of their cold pressed juice business; as well as nurture their 12 year old Saratoga Springs mainstay, Circus Café. At present the MacLean’s have several buyers with serious interest in The Crown Grill. “We are pleased with the level of interest but until a deal is finalized, our brokers John Burke and Joanne DiMarco of Sotheby’s, continue to bring buyers in to see the property,” says co-owner, Christel MacLean. “We have buyers who run the gamut from wanting to keep everything the same; to bringing in their own concept; to a mix of both,” she adds.
In order to focus their energies and also save on food and labor costs during the quieter time of year, while awaiting the finalization of a sale, the MacLean’s will cease dinner service at The Crown Grill on Saturday February 27th. The Crown Grill Bar will remain open and will feature its popular Happy Hour and roster of classic and craft cocktails, beers and Wine Spectator Award winning wine list. Beginning March 3, the bar will be open every through Saturday from to close. Happy Hour and a small plate Bar Menu will be available on those nights. Head bartender Jai Silva, an area native who recently moved back to Saratoga from Miami will feature his specialty cocktails and libations. Live music dates will be announced via The Crown Grill website and Facebook. On , the upbeat Jazz band, Miles Uptown will return to The Crown Grill by popular demand.
Crown Grill gift certificates can be used in the dining room until ; as well as at the bar any time prior to a sale occurring; and also at Circus Café with no expiration date. All management and team members from The Crown Grill kitchen and dining room have been offered positions at Circus Café, now in its 12th year and enjoying a robust uptick in business.
“We believe that Circus Café will certainly benefit from the decision to move operations over from The Crown Grill as our very talented kitchen team from the Crown will join the Circus kitchen – allowing us to offer more lunch and dinner specials, broaden our menu and also focus on the catering side of our business, both on and off premise, which has been growing steadily. The same is true regarding the benefits of having the multifaceted front of house team at The Crown Grill join Circus Cafe,” says co-owner, Colin MacLean. The Crown Grill is located at 390 Broadway, Saratoga Springs; the phone number is 583.1105.